Berkshire Eagle Staff
NASHUA, N.H. -- The Pittsfield Suns set a franchise record for the longest game in team history on Sunday. If you’re playing that long, you might as well go out and win it.
Brenden Geary’s RBI single in the top of the 18th inning scored Mike Valentin Jr. with the go-ahead run and reliever Blake Drew set the Nashua Silver Hawks down in order to secure a 4-3 win.
Pittsfield relief pitchers Perry Kulaga, Alex Lagos, Nate Speilvogel and Drew combined to pitch 13 scoreless innings, enabling the Suns to make the 18th-inning rally.
Drew went three frames for the Suns, giving up a leadoff single to Michael Pierson. But the right-hander retired the next nine Nashua hitters to get the win.
By the time the game ended, a quality start by Bryant righty Mike Marshall was all but forgotten. In five innings, Marshall gave up three runs on seven hits. The biggest hit for the Silver Knights came in the third, when former Pittsfield Suns player Mike Geannelis hit a two-run single. The Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the year was 2 for 5 for Nashua.
The Suns tied the score in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Penn’s Jeff McGarry that scored college teammate Gary Tesch. Mc Garry had four of the Suns’ 17 hits, going 4 for 9. Geary (3 for 9), Tesch (3 for 8, two runs scored) and Chris Reynolds (2 for 8) were the other multiple hitters for the Suns.
Cody Gilchrist, the seventh Nashua pitcher, opened the 18th and his second pitch hit Valentin. Two outs later, Geary found himself in an 0-2 hole. He worked the count full before getting what proved to be the game-winning hit.
Former Suns player Jimmy Ricoy made the final out of the game, grounding to McGarry at third.